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Prefabrication, high performance homes, indoor air quality, Homestar, sustainable concrete and airtightness are just some of the topics presented at this year's Eco Design Advisor (EDA) Conference in Wellington, May 1st - 2nd. Some fortuitous free time allowed me to attend this small conference once again. And once again, I was impressed. Eight councils across ... [Read more]

Marketing can be used in an 'evil' way, but Kristy Hoare always wanted to use her marketing skills for good. She's done this by helping to promote products that she believes can me the world better. As solar power and eco homes become more mainstream, it's increasingly important to have somewhere to find unbiased information, and that's ... [Read more]

What's the difference between resilience and sustainability? Is there a place for both? Is it even really that important? The utter darkness while driving around east Auckland early last Sunday reminded me of the similarly eerie calm we experienced while driving around Christchurch on February 23rd, 2011. A 21st century city without electricity is a ... [Read more]

How do you measure the impact of where stuff comes from, and why is this important? Measuring the overall impact of stuff is the objective of life cycle analysis, or LCA. The type of impacts considered in LCA include: Where the raw materials come from How far they have to travel The impact of the ... [Read more]

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